Buttery Mushrooms and Other Yummy Tapas

It will come as no surprise when I say I love food.  It’s part of our life experience.  Something to be enjoyed and to add to our memories.  I could not wait to try all the amazing food I was sure we’d come across on our holiday.  Equally I could not wait to share it with our kids.  I think tapas is an amazing way of eating.  You can order many different flavours and be able to walk away from the table at the end of the meal as opposed to rolling away.  Only once did we get too much food because while they called it tapas it wasn’t.  The portions were too big.  Delicious but huge.

So this past Saturday we decided to share with the kids our version of a tapas night.  It was fun and we got to talk about some of the food we sampled as we traveled.

Our favourite tapas dish was a mushroom dish we had in Barcelona.  It was fabulous and the start of my planning of the meal.  Super easy to do which is good as we’ll be having this again.

Chop up regular mushrooms, some fresh thyme, and a few cloves of garlic.

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Melt a couple of tablespoons of butter.   They aren’t buttery for nothing!  Perhaps this isn’t the healthiest but I threw caution to the wind!  Saute the ingredients together in the melted butter.  After a couple of minutes add a couple of tablespoons of chicken stock.  Salt and pepper to taste.   Saute until the mushrooms are cooked through and they are ready to serve.

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My son also requested I make up some zucchini flan.  I did as what we didn’t eat we saved for their school lunches.

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I bought some Manchego cheese, prosciutto, salami, and olives for one of the tapas.  Aside from the mushrooms on our trip this type of platter was up there in terms of favourites.  Add fresh baguettes to the mix and we were very happy.

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I also thought it would be fun to introduce caviar to my daughter.  At the Champagne Bar on the ship they would often serve some smoked salmon with a bit of caviar on top.  I loved it.  Unfortunately the caviar I found at the store tasted a bit muddled.  So it didn’t wow her like I’d hoped.  I’ll have to try another brand.

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Overall though it was a delicious meal to share with the kids.  I think we’ll be doing this again with different dishes.  After all if you can’t have fun with the flavours why bother!  🙂

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